Do you ever heard about 3D Printing pen, if yes then you might have listen it recently or if no then we will complete your wish to know about this 3D printing pen.
A 3D pen basically uses plastic instead of ink, you insert the plastic filament at one, and once it’s inside the pen, it gets heated using some sort of heating technology inside, the heat is strong enough to melt the plastic, and turn it into a liquid, once that’s done, you can start using the pen to write on pretty much everything you want; the good thing about a 3D pen is that it works on almost all the surfaces.
Best 3D Printing Pens 2017
3D Simo Mini
- Weight – 40 grams
- Dimension – 163*36*22 mm
- LCD Display – Yes
If you were to ask me just two years ago what would be one of the hottest selling ‘3D printers’ on the market, I likely would not have guessed a handheld manual printer, better known as a 3D printing pen. Here we are though approaching the middle of 2015, a year that’s already seen incredible advancements in all sorts of technological verticals and the 3Doodler pen, only a few steps up from a hot glue gun, is one of the hottest products within the consumer 3D printing market.
3DSimo, although not a household 3D printing name, is not new to this space. In fact they were an early mover, launching an Indiegogo campaign for their first, much larger, device over 18 months ago. The project was not fully funded; however, the company was still able to bring the original 3DSimo to market. Now they are taking the original pen, miniaturizing it, and adding a whole slew of new, useful features.
The main thing that sets the 3DSimo Mini apart from other 3D printing pens is its versatility. Not only can it print using PLA like the competitors, but because its tip is able to achieve a temperature as high as 490° Celsius, it’s able to print using 11 different materials. This includes ABS, PLA, HIPS, PET, Thermochrome, and even the composite materials which include wood and metals. If this isn’t enough to get you excited, the 3D printing aspects of the gadget are only the very start. The Mini also can be used as several other extremely useful tools.
- Excellent, revolutionary design
- Easy to use for newcomers as well as veterans
- Comes with all the filaments and attachments included in the box
- Budget friendly
- The mobile app takes things further and adds a whole new layer into customization
- While the pen itself easy to use, the learning curve can be a bit steep for newcomers
- Build Quality is not that Great
Lix 3D Smart Pen
- Weight – 40 grams
- Dimension – 4*0.5*0.5 inches
- LCD Display – LED Heat Indicator
Draw everything you can imagine right into thin air with LIX, the smallest 3D printing pen in the world. Fitting into your hand just like a standard pen, the familiarity of LIX will have you become a doodling master in no time. The LIX 3D pen features two modes for the plastic flow; fast and slow. With fast you can fill in a large surface area while with slow you can achieve intricate and detailed designs. Coming in your choice of matte black or matte white, you can bring your ideas to life by drawing without paper. Included in the kit are two bags of filament; one ABS for sturdy designs and the other PLA for a glossy finish; and a charger. Prototype your next project or simply hone in on your doodling skills with the LIX 3d Pen.
Weighing in at 1.6 ounces, the Lix has the slimmest, lightest design we tested, which makes it feel more like a real pen than its competitors. It even includes a pen-like clip at the end, which has four green indicator lights that show when the filament is ready to use. The pen effect is marred slightly by the fact that Lix must remain plugged into a power source while in use. Still, you can rest easy knowing it’s the classiest of 3D tools.
- Lightweight and highly easy to use
- Extremely well built with the good amount of detail on the style
- Has the ability to heat up the plastic filament and cool it down rather swiftly
- None whatsoever
Scribble 3D Pen V3
- Weight – 67 grams
- Dimension – 6*2*4 inches
- LCD Display – Yes
The Scribbler V3 is the third 3D pen from Scribbler. This brand new generation of 3D pen has a new design from the previous two 3D pens from Scribbler. With other 3D pens on the market looking quite similar to the two previous versions Scribbler probably wanted to differentiate themselves a bit in a growing marketplace. What makes this new pen different is the fact that it has a curve in the pen. The idea being that the pen curves over your hand. At the end of this curve there is a fatter end. This is to act as a balance and stabilize the pen as you write. For some people it may feel a bit strange at first to hold the pen but you will soon get used to it.
One feature which I particularly liked about the Scribbler V3 is that it has a 6 speed function. This some other pens that are available only have a two speed function. Having 6 different speeds allows you to accurately control the speed of your doodling. Once you get used to the different speeds you will instinctively know which speeds suit which jobs the best and you will get the full benefits of the 6 speed system. You will want to go fast for filling in areas while the finer details and outlines should be done at slower speeds which will minimise your mistakes and allow you to draw neatly.
To be very honest, the Scribbler 3D Pen V3 didn’t really have any major downsides to begin with, all the tests were passed with flying colours, however, for people who are used to the traditional way of drawing using a pen or a pencil might have some issues drawing with this pen at first because like all 3D pens, this one has a learning curve. Rest assured, this is without a shadow of a doubt, an amazing pen.
- Incredibly light-weight at just 2.6 oz.
- Extremely responsive and convenient.
- Comes with a large OLED screen that enhances the usability.
- Can be used on almost all of the surface types.
- Might feel bulky and uneasy to use to traditional artists.
7TECH 3D Printing Pen
- Weight – 65 grams
- Dimension – 3*1.6*1.1 inches
- LCD Display – Yes
The 7Tech pen is one of the best on the market today. It has the capability to extrude in both of the two most common plastics and is the easiest to use with its LCD display and simple controls. The lightweight, ergonomic design is quiet when in use and there are safety features to make sure that the pen doesn’t stay hot if you leave it alone for too long.
The temperature can also be controlled between 160 and 230 C, allowing the Pen to extrude both PLA and ABS (many other pens only do one or the other). As mentioned above the pen does come with ABS spools; they are not a lot of plastic overall (full printers generally use spools a hundred times larger), but they are enough to get you started with the Pen. Manufacturers typically do not recommend using any plastic besides their own with their products and 7Tech is no different.
The Printing Pen uses standard 1.75 mm filament however, and other quality filaments can be used, just be careful that you are not voiding any warranties by using the other filaments. 7Tech does offer their own selection of plastic spools in a rainbow of colours, so going out and buying bulk plastic filament may not be the best option, especially if you want to create something colourful.
There is also a one finger speed control that switches the pen between a slower extrusion rate for intricate design work and faster extrusion for simpler work. The Pen can also detect when plastic has stopped moving through it and jammed; there is a reverse function that usually can fix the jam but some users have reported that this can fail.
- Highly easy to use for both newcomers and veteran artists
- The pen happens to be light weight and rather slim, something that is always a welcome addition
- The 7TECH 3D printing pen also comes with an advanced unclogging system that prevents the filament from clogging after cooling down
- There is an aluminium spatula included that protects your fingers from the hot nozzle
- The 1 year warranty is something of an additional bonus
- The operating temperature can get unbearable
- This pen is not that much easy to use. (Not for a Newbie or Kid)
- The supplied filaments are just not enough
Ccbetter Intelligent 3D Pen
- Weight – 55 grams
- Dimension – 7*0.9*0.9 inches
- LCD Display – Yes
The fifth on our list is the ccbetter Intelligent 3D Pen before we go into details, you should know that this pen is also sold under a different name that is called Joyluxy Intelligent 3D. With that said, the intelligent 3D pen is one of the best 3D pens 2017 we have had the pleasure of reviewing. Speaking of functions and features, the 3D pen is quite basic and has all the necessities anyone would want in a 3D pen. With that out of the question, let’s take a closer and proper look at the CCbetter Intelligent 3D pen from Joyluxy.
The pen comes in a sleek-looking box that is no bigger than your usual smartphone box, inside the box, you find the usual power brick along with the 2 supplied filaments. Do keep in mind that you can always purchase separate filaments of your own choice, the manufacturer was nice enough to include a stand that you can use to put your pen on when it is not in use. The 3D printing pen was rather easy to use for both the newcomers as well as veteran artists, the testing revealed that it managed to work on almost all the major materials with great ease and consistently gave us brilliant results.
The pen also comes with an OLED that has a small status indicator that tells you when the filament is heated and ready to use, quite a nice tough to be honest.
- The ergonomically stylish design makes the pen really easy to use
- Unlike most 3D printing pens, this one actually looks good, and vibrant
- The additional pen holder is an incredible addition to people who are too clumsy with such items
- The pen is actually quite easy to fix as far as the problems are tangible
- None whatsoever
Lay3r 3D Printing Pen
- Weight – 8 lbs
- Dimension – 5*1*1.2 inches
- LCD Display – No
As compared to the other 3D printing pens we have used and reviewed, the Lay3r 3D pen is oddly large, however, as big as it may seem, the 3D pen proved to be extremely good at handling and not heavy at all. Another great advantage of the Lay3r 3D pen is that it is really easy to use. How easy, you ask? With proper guidance, a 12-year-old can use the pen without making any mistakes. However, the great thing about it is that it doesn’t matter if a kid is using this amazing pen or some veteran artist is, the pen is extremely easy to handle for people of all age and skill level.
We were surprised to see that the company has included a fan inside the pen to make sure it stays cool during the hot operating temperature, last but not the least, the pen comes with an automatic shutdown feature that turns off the pen when it’s not being operated.
- Easy to use
- Lots of interesting features
- Top notch built quality
- Included fan is a cherry on top
- Comes with one year warranty
- Although the inclusion of a fan is a nice touch, it actually increases the size of the pen by a great measure.
Genesis 3D Printing Pen Review
- Weight – 48 grams
- Dimension – 9*5*3 inches
- LCD Display – Yes
The plastic being used is heated up inside of the 3D printing hardware so that it can be extruded, stretched, and moulded more effectively, becoming capable of making shapes and designs with the material being used. With larger and more expensive 3D printing hardware there is usually a computer hook-up available so that designers can create the structures they want printed by using a computer interface.
After the designs are chosen and created within some variation of computer design software, they can be introduced into the 3D printer and the printer will automatically fabricate the design out of plastic. This technology has revolutionized certain fabrication processes, and given people the ability to create complex forms in the comfort of their own home.
Now, this large scale 3D printing technology has been scaled down to be as small as a pen or marker! The GENESIS 3D Printing Pen puts the capability of a 3D printer into the palm of your hand. After using this device myself, I was absolutely stunned by the ability of this hardware to actually produce awesome designs. This device is not only durable, reliable, and accurate, but it genuinely does have the ability to create precise structures.
- Extremely user friendly for both kids and veteran artists.
- Has the ability to use a different type of plastics.
- Great Built Quality.
- Comes with amazing warranty.
- Light weight and portable construction makes up a trouble free experience.
- Only good for small scale project.
- Heat up if use for a large project.
3 Doodler 3D Printing Pen
- Weight – 130 grams
- Dimension – 5*1.5*4 inches
- LCD Display – No
Much like a 3D printer, this 3D printing pen can extrude or “print” with plastic. If you know how to work a hot glue gun it’ll be easy to figure out the 3Doodler. In the back of the pen, insert a stick or “strand” of ABS or PLA plastic (that tough plastic material Legos and IKEA furniture are made out of). When you turn the pen on, it heats up, melts the plastic, then it flows out of the hot tip of the pen just like the ink in a regular pen. By pushing either the slow or fast button, the plastic will flow and quickly harden as it cools in the air.
Turning on the 3Doodler is easy. A power supply cord is included with the printer, just plug it in. When the pen is on an indicator light will let you know when the tip is heating up and when the pen is hot enough to use. There are two speed buttons, fast and slow, and pushing either will extrude plastic. Stop pushing the buttons and the plastic, or flow, will stop. Designed for left or right-handed people, the 3Doodler is ambidextrous, but it’s a bit heavy, about seven ounces. It’ll take some practice to keep your hand steady while drawing 3D designs. The pen is recommended for use by anyone over the age of 12 because the tip does get extremely hot, so don’t touch it!
- Sleek and innovative design.
- The build quality is one of the finest.
- 50 provided filaments is a nice bonus.
- The 3D pen is really easy to setup.
- Offers a learning curve for newcomers.
- The Pen is kind of heavy as compared to others in our line-up.
Glyby Intelligent 3D Printing Pen
- Weight – 68 grams
- Dimension – 5*6.5*2.5 inches
- LCD Display – No
The Glyby pen is a fairly standard pen, with the usual ergonomic form factor and rear-loading plastic filament. It has a speed control slider on one side and two feed/retract buttons on the other. Two LEDs indicate power and when the pen is working. There is also an overheat alarm that sounds when the pen gets too hot; it can go off sometimes, but as long as the “working” LED pen stays green there isn’t a problem.
The pen can use either PLA or ABS plastic, and uses standard 1.75mm filament, making replenishing the pen easy and affordable. The biggest issue the Glyby pen has is the temperature adjustment, a flathead screw terminal (almost certainly the head of a simple potentiometer) hidden under a rubber cover allows the user to adjust the temperature, but no indication is given as to which direction to turn the potentiometer or by how much, or even what the current temperature is. Once the right temperature is dialled in however, it shouldn’t be adjusted unless you plan to switch between PLA and ABS.
The Glyby 3D pen is another run-of-the-mill 3D pen that has everything you should expect from a 3D pen. The only feature that really puts it ahead of other pens is that it doesn’t seem to have a problem with running to fast and jamming or just flat out breaking. Expect some trial and error dialling in the temperature and be very patient if learning to use a 3D pen for the first time.
- Cheap and easy to use.
- Has an appealing look that will please the children.
- Good build quality.
CreoPop 3D Printing Pen
- Weight – 0.7 pounds
- Dimension – 7*1.2*1.2 inches
- LCD Display – No
CreoPop is the world’s first 3D pen with cool ink. Unlike other 3D pens there are no hot parts or melting plastic. It has an amazing selection of cool inks. CreoPop lets you draw three-dimensional objects with ease. Just press the button and create any shapes you like. There are no hot parts so CreoPop is safe for both adults and children. The possibilities are endless. Let your imagination flow.
CreoPop has a fundamental difference, however, from those other extruding styli. Whereas other such gadgets have used traditional 3D printing filament, heated up until it melts, CreoPop’s pen runs entirely cool, relying instead on ultraviolet light to set the special “inks” used. In fact, you could argue that it’s those inks which are the company’s real product, marketing Chief Andreas Birnik explained to me, rather than the pen itself. The toothpaste-like inks – which CreoPop is in the midst of patenting – are pushed out of the nib and cured by the trio of UV LEDs, being self-supporting in a couple of seconds.
CreoPop is likely to be popular with kids. The company is initially targeting the sort of techie early-adopters that frequent crowdfunding sites, but also sees potential for the pen among kids, as well as more creative types, like artists, designers, home DIYs, and the Etsy crowd. There have also been requests for a professional version, for sketching out 3D visualizations of construction projects, though CreoPop is going to focus on getting the original out the door first before expanding too swiftly.
- Innovative, one of a kind design.
- Can use scented inks to create art that actually has a pleasant scent.
- The objects produced using this pen have a long lasting freshness as compared to the other 3D pens.
- The supported ink is currently provided by the manufacturer itself, greatly limiting the availability for some people.
- Fat and Bulky Design.
Advanced Features of 3D Printing Pen
- Quality of 3D pen can be boosted with the extra bit of control it gives the user.
For instance: the temperature can be controlled in plastic 3D pens. You can also control the speed of drawing in few products. The adjustable feed can help regulate flow and speed of drawing. Continuous speed regulation elevates your comfort and ease of drawing. Adjustable temperature can help fine tune your drawings to levels you didn’t know existed. It changes the entire 3D art experience. Intelligent controls are what the new millennium product needs, to create massive appeal.
- Ergonomic design is the need of the hour when it comes to 3D pens of now. Many promises haven’t been delivered, including the tiny 3D pen from Lix. Slimmer 3D pens are what that’s preferred in current market scenario.
Best products are super small and can be recharged even through laptop USB. Design plays a huge role in how easy controls feel on your hand. The design should allow easy access to display. Your view should flow seamlessly from filament to dropping ink or plastic. Light weight and ergonomic design would enhance the quality of 3D pen any day.
- Type of filament would have a say in your drawing style. It determines how you hold the pen and which grip you would be getting. Filament contains the plastic element, which enables drawing. At this point in time, there are more than a dozen different filament types available in the market.
As a rule of thumb, the easier it is to replace, the better it is for use. Easily replaceable filament type helps a great deal in the long run. It makes your 3D pen usable for a long time. There are 4 major categories in filaments – Standard, Flexible, Composite, and Specialty.
- Brand name definitely matters in this young technology. 3Doodler invented the world’s first 3D printing pen. Scribbler offers the luxury of 6-month warranty. The catch would its production model based in China. Brands like Lix are proven to be innovative.
Every brand makes users come up with few realistic expectations. Compare brands and models on the basis of quality and features available. False marketing is what you would commonly see in this category of products. It would be your responsibility to examine the brand and know what to expect.
If you want 3D printing pen for doing a small exhibition or school projects than it is more than an adequate choice. Buying a 3D printer is a simple equivalent of spending an awful lot of money.
Yes, a 3D printer makes sense if you have to undertake large projects that are simply not possible on a 3D printing pen. The market is relatively new, but the choices are quite a lot, that’s why this list was made. In order to assist interested consumers in picking the best possible 3D printing pen.